Swiss TPH Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect our planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

This transformative agenda of sustainability towards 2030 has introduced a paradigm shift for a more holistic view on development goals, among which health and wellbeing related goals will require greater intersectoral coherence and inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches. The SDGs integrate and balance three equal dimensions of sustainable development – environment, economy and society – and thus promote the global vision of a life in justice and equity.

Swiss TPH is actively engaged in achieving and directly contributing to the targets of SDG 3 and many others of the 17 SDGs, across the entire spectrum of innovation and research, validation and implementation to sustainably improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of populations in an integrated manner. Our contributions to sustainable development in health and society occur through pursuing fundamental and applied research, through translational application and implementation and through supporting services. Our teams contribute in various SDGs panels locally in Switzerland and Europe, and globally.

“We should work on emerging issues in health in a more integrated way, including giving special care to waste, nutrition and cultural aspects.”

Guéladio Cissé
UN Headquarters, New York, July 12, 2016

  • SDG3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • SDG6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • SDG10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • SDG13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • SDG16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • SDG17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development 

Jeune S3 - Santé, Sexualité, Sécurité

The Jeune S3 Programme (2016-2020) focuses on improving adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health in Cameroon, Central African Republic and DRC (South and North Kivu). By working with young people, communities, schools, the health sector, media, religious and traditional authorities, JeuneS3 aims to strengthen the availability and accessibility of youth friendly services. JeuneS3 also work with local youth organisations to advocate for young people’s rights to quality SRH services and information, within the framework of national, regional and global commitments to meet the needs of young people. More about the Jeune S3 project and latest news on Twitter at @Jeune_S3.

Home-based testing in Lesotho

Towards 90-90-90 in Lesotho

An AIDS-free generation by 2030 – wishful thinking or a realistic goal? Are the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets achievable in a resource-limited setting with an extremely high HIV rate such as Lesotho? In 2014, the Swiss TPH initiated the ‘Towards 90-90-90’ development and research collaboration with the Butha-Buthe district in Northern Lesotho. This collaboration includes conducting randomized clinical trials, and observational and molecular studies addressing current challenges and knowledge-gaps around HIV care provision in rural, resource-limited settings. The aim is to provide insights relevant for future HIV guidelines and policies in sub-Saharan African with a particular focus on differentiated care. Read more

Biosafety lab at Swiss TPH

TbX: Systems Biology of Drug-resistant Tuberculosis in the field

Tuberculosis (TB) is globally the main cause of human death due to a single infectious agent. The TB epidemic is worsening due to the emergence of TB bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. While the molecular changes leading to resistance are well known, the consequences of these changes for the biology and epidemiology of TB remain poorly understood. TbX addresses these questions by combining detailed laboratory experiments with epidemiological field studies in Georgia, one of the WHO “hot-spot” countries for multidrug-resistant TB. More information on the TbX project

Vegetables Go to Schools: Improving nutrition through diversification of agriculture linked to other health sensitive interventions (VGtS)

The VGtS project (2013- 2017), funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), was implemented by a consortium of 3 international research partners: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Switzerland), World Vegetables Centre (Taïwan) and the University of Freiburg (Germany). Being part of a larger international movement to improve nutritional security and reduce malnutrition in line with several of the SDGs, the project aimed at increasing capacities, knowledge and evidence on school gardens, nutrition and water; sanitation and hygiene (WASH) integrated interventions in Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Nepal and Philippines. Read more